Leaders cutting across political parties on Thursday took to Twitter to pay their homage to Arindam Sengupta, managing editor, The Times of India who passed away this morning after a brief battle with cancer. He was 61.
Sengupta had joined The Times group in 1991 after a previous stint from 1988 to 1990. He had a long and distinguished association with the group and served in various important positions in both Times of India and Economic Times. Sengupta had also worked with Probe magazine, The Patriot newspaper and The Sunday Observer. He had briefly taught at Delhi University before shifting to journalism.
Starting from Prime Minster Narendra Modi, a host of politicians mourned the demise of this monumental figure of Indian journalism.
Calling him a complete professional, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said Sengupta's death is a great loss to journalism. Congress president Sonia Gandhi also expressed shock and grief. She said the void left by his death would be hard to fill. Party vice president Rahul Gandhi tweeted that Indian journalism "has lost a much loved and admired voice".
However, leaving the politicians aside, the best obituary for this gentle giant in the field of journalism perhaps came from his colleague of 23 years and the editor-in-chief of Times of India Jaideep Bose. In a touching tribute to Sengupta that appeared in The Times of India, Bose wrote: "Arindam could be resolutely firm when it came to taking a stand against the injustices of the world. Unlike many in our profession, he never turned cynical, believing right till the end in the media's power to drive change, do good."
Bose fondly remembered how even after a long stint with The Economic Times, Sengupta wasn't really too familiar with the mood swings of stock markets and he found terms like 'profit-booking' weird. His heart was always with the general news, wrote Sengupta's colleague of over two decades.
The depth of understanding Sengupta and Bose shared with each other may be gauged from Bose's words in the obituary. "In the 23+ years we worked very closely together, we developed an almost psychic understanding of one another - in cricketing parlance, we ran between the wickets without needing to signal or call."—Bose said.
Well run, Arindam.
With inputs from PTI & IANS